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Market Report for Week of April 22nd

By on Apr 23, 2019 in MARKET REPORT | 0 comments

  • The Vidalia Onion season is starting this week. Early product may be a little softer and have more skin flaking than later in the season. The market on storage crop of Yellow Onions has settled, but new crop is still a couple weeks out. Pricing will be lower when supplies increase.
  • Local Asparagus is now available by the case and by the pound. Call your sales managers to reserve/pre-order. Quality has been very nice. With cooler weather on the way in the next week, production may slow.
  • Watermelon prices are starting to come down as more fruit is being harvested. Color and sweetness have been quite nice.
  • Sweet Corn is very promotable this week. Supplies and quality have been excellent. Yellow and White Corn should be steady all week.
  • Blueberries will be in excellent supply. The domestic season has kicked off with good volumes and excellent quality. Strawberries will be in excellent supply with beautiful quality. Blackberries and Raspberries are in good supply.
  • Cauliflower will be steady this week. Supplies are very good with sharp quality on all new crop product.  Broccoli is also in good supply. Overall broccoli has good quality.
  • ALERT! Hass Avocado market is in a state of pause today. High freight costs are causing a pinch as we head towards Cinco de Mayo. Daily crossings from Mexico into the US are slow due to the Easter Holiday. Things are expected to pick up this week into next.
  • The Lime market is on fire! Prices have seen a jump due to reduced harvests during Holy Week and longer boarder crossing times. The biggest jump will be on new crop larger sized fruit. The market is expected to stay elevated until after Cinco de Mayo. Oranges are steady this week with good volumes. Pricing is lower. We are seeing good quality and steady demand.
  • ALERT! Snap Peas are extremely limited this week with higher pricing.
  • ALERT! Brussels Sprouts are very limited. Quality has been very good with higher pricing.
  • Green Bean pricing is promotable this week with steady availability. Quality has been excellent.
  • Seedless European Cucumbers are looking good from Canadian Greenhouses this week. As the flush of product finishes up, the market pricing will rise slightly.Cucumber Selects will be steady this week. Product has been excellent so far.
  • Cantaloupe availability has tightened up significantly this week with demand exceeding supplies. Domestic melons won’t be ready until mid-May and until then we may see some gaps in supply.
  • Green and Yellow Squash markets are in a state of flux this week. Some growers are reporting good volumes while others are finishing a flush with varying degrees of quality available.
  • Ataulfo Mangos are in good supply, excellent quality and flavor. Steady supplies are expected for the foreseeable future.
  • Cluster Tomatoes are in good supply this week. Quality has been excellent. Large Slicing Tomatoes are more promotable with lower pricing. Quality has been excellent. Grape Tomato and Roma Tomato pricing are steady with strong quality from Florida.
  • Cello Iceberg Lettuce is in good supply. Heads seem to be running smaller than normal, but quality has been quite nice.
  • ALERT! Celery will be extremely limited this week. It is expected this market will be high until mid-May.
  • Green Pepper pricing is low this week with good availability. Quality is excellent. Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper pricing is stable but on the higher side. Supplies are more limited with fair quality.
  • Fresh Rhubarb is available with nice quality. Ask your account managers about case and by the pound pricing opportunities.
  • Stone Fruit availability: We should be seeing some Peaches and Nectarines the last week of April, California Apricots the first week of May, Red Plums by mid-May, and Pluots and Black Plums by the end of May.
  • Romaine, Green Leaf and Red Leaf supplies are light this week. With cooler weather and rains in the growing region production has slowed with fewer mature plants to harvest. Growers are reporting fair quality. Pricing will be slightly higher for a week or two until supplies catch up.
  • Don’t forget to check the Cavalier Homegrown List for what’s available locally and seasonally!